Garden & Flower Bed Installation & Maintenance
Softscape features like flowerbeds, raised beds, and gardens help accentuate other landscaping features and provide visual appeal. However, plants go through natural changes throughout the season. Simple maintenance measures applied at the right time helps keep softscape features vibrant.
If you have a significant amount of softscape, or you simply don’t have a lot of free time, CM’s can help maintain your gardens, flowerbeds, and raised beds at a very reasonable cost.
Buying a new home or making a major change in your landscaping can be a very exciting time. Understanding the full scope of options available to you, and what will thrive best for your location and soil type can be staggering.
Fortunately, the trained professionals at CM’s have years of experience helping property owners choose the best plants and flowers for their planting beds, gardens, raised beds, and container gardens. Whether you want functionality or cosmetic appeal, we can help with design, installation, and planting as well as maintenance.
Many plants change their appearance throughout the season. Long-Day plants tend to flower as the days grow longer. Short-Day plants tend to flower more as the days grow shorter. Some plants even change the color of their foliage throughout the year.
Careful planning and augmenting plantings can help accent flowerbeds as well as other landscaping features. CM’s can help you understand your options and make recommendations that best fit your existing softscape and hardscape features.
As the name implies a container garden is made up of containers, pots and other features that are not a part of the native soil. This makes them moveable, yet also can lead to issues with soil balance, watering, and nutrients as the season progresses. Consistent maintenance measures like deadheading, limiting soil compaction, and routine fertilizing can help your container garden to thrive. Soil compaction is often a serious issue with container gardens. Every time you water your plants, the impact of the water gradually causes the soil to settle. Over time it can potentially develop a hard, outer crust which prevents air and water from passing through to the root base.
Flowering plants frequently benefit from deadheading old flowers to stimulate new flower development. This ensures that the plant’s available energy isn’t spent on seed production of a dead flower. Carefully picking older flower heads also reduces their litter and prevents problems like rotting for a more effective visual display. Our lawn care technicians have an experienced and trained eye to be able to efficiently maintain your flowering plants.
Fertilizing and maintaining healthy, nutrient-rich soil is also of paramount importance for maintaining container-grown plants. The limited amount of soil tends to restrict roots over time leading to depleted nutrients and other rootbound issues. One way to minimize these issues is to mix time released fertilizer pellets into the soil when the plants are potted up. Including a balanced amount of vermiculite and perlite can also help the soil remain aerated and loose as the season goes on.
Certain shrubs, trees, flowers, and other perennial softscape features benefit from periodic pruning. Removing excess branches not only helps maintain a tidy appearance it also helps plants become overgrown. Some trees and shrubs need to be pruned to improve airflow, maximize sun exposure to interior leaves, and even prevent diseases or the presence of fungal spores.
Overgrown plants can also be a safety feature. A shrub or tree that grows too close to a walkway or has branches cluttering a high traffic area can potentially injure you and guests. Overgrown trees can also limit the amount of sun that reaches your grass causing thinning and potential dead spots.
CM’s’s maintenance staff understand that your pruning needs are directly influenced by your overall landscaping concept as well as your personal preference. We can work with you to help you understand what works best, while also factoring in any basic aesthetic concerns you might have.
Just like your lawn, weeds also pose a threat to your garden and flowerbeds. They can rob the soil of nutrients, lead to compaction issues, reduce sun exposure, and often look unappealing. Routine manual removal by our maintenance staff can help prevent annual and perennial weeds from establishing a presence. If other methods are necessary, we can advise you on the possible use of pesticides or other organic options.
Mulch comes in many forms. Some mulch is made from organic materials, such as chipped and organically treated wood. Other mulches are made from inert materials. The one that is right for you will be based on your flower beds, the scale of your landscaping, and your personal preference.
Mulch helps a flowerbed in several ways. It helps prevent fugitive weed seeds from gaining a foothold. It also helps with moisture retention and moisture consistency throughout the soil layers. Not to mention it is also more visually appealing than bare soil.